of Pittsburgh as a gritty, blue-collar city has eroded steadily over the years and here's the latest knock to the stereotype: Last Tuesday, Allegheny County Council voted to allow a group called Knit the Bridge to cover the Andy Warhol Bridge in colorful yarn, from Aug. 10 to Sept. 7. The bridge covering is the fruit of an art movement called "yarn bombing," in which various objects are encased in colorful fibers. It's a great idea, but we predict some knitting of brows among the old-timers.
PITTSBURGH used to have real, old-fashioned trolleys on streets, not modern light-rail vehicles in tunnels. But the old trolleys are still here. More than 50 of them are kept in Chartiers, Washington County, at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, which this weekend is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an event called "All the Streetcars You Desire." Congratulations to the museum for keeping nostalgia rolling for half a century. Now ring the bell -- we have to get out at Market Square.
MARKET SQUARE was a place where produce and other goods were sold once upon a time, but it was only nine years ago that a farmers market came to the storied location. Now it's a well-established feature of city life, held in the warm months every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced last week that more vendors will be coming to the market, which will expand into an adjoining space. Among the new attractions will be wine tastings from local wineries. Cheers to the new Pittsburgh!